George Campbell, the No. 1 WR in the 2015 class, is sure to have an impact wherever he lands. The 6'3", 184-pound athlete has the physical talent and technique to make any offense in the country better.
Campbell had previously committed to Brady Hoke and the Michigan Wolverines, but he decommitted last December. Do the Wolverines still have a chance to bring in Campbell? Clemson is also in the running. After losing a lot of star power to the NFL draft in 2014, can the Tigers reload their roster in 2015 with the supremely talented Campbell?
Check out Adam Kramer break down the odds on where George Campbell will play at the next level.
Highlights courtesy of XOs Digital.
Rankings from 247 Sports Composite.
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame has not named a starting quarterback. Everett Golson and Malik Zaire are jockeying for that position.
Seems simple enough, right?
Who knows when a starter will be named, but let’s dig into the quarterback competition and break down both Golson and Zaire in a variety of categories to try to gain a clearer picture of the position battle.
*All quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.
We are just a few days away from the Florida Gators spring game and finally being able to see firsthand what these coaches have been talking about for the last couple of weeks.
If you’re no stranger to spring ball, you’ll know that coaches tend to brag about a lot of their players throughout camp, but it’s sometimes a different story when they take the field in live action.
That’s why the spring game is so important. It gives everybody a chance to display what they’ve been working on in a game-like atmosphere.
Let’s see what the freshman cornerback is truly capable of, how the quarterback looks and if a particular defensive lineman is really ready for an expanded role.
Here are some of the Florida Gators you should really be watching during this year’s spring game.
USC's secondary is chock full of talent, and the coaches in Troy have been waiting for the next athlete to step up and assert himself as a playmaker. Through four weeks of spring ball, redshirt freshman cornerback Chris Hawkins has risen to the occasion.
With new secondary coach Keith Heyward having an objective eye for his stock, essentially every healthy athlete in the defensive backs corps has had equal opportunity to impress. That's especially important for the corner spot opposite Josh Shaw, which will likely be filled by way of competition. So far, Hawkins is proving that he's ready to live up to his highly touted status out of high school.
And this year, the coaches are definitely paying attention.
"He made a play," Heyward told FoxSports.com's Rahshaun Haylock after Saturday's scrimmage, referring to an interception the cornerback made. "I'm trying to find playmakers."
Hawkins came into USC as a 5-star talent, but by no choice of his own, he ended up watching the 2013 season from the sidelines instead of participating.
When Anthony Brown got injured before USC's game against Hawaii, Hawkins thought he was going to be chosen to replace Brown. Instead, former defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast called on Devian Shelton, and Hawkins knew then that the decision to redshirt had been made for him.
As fate would have it, Shelton only appeared in that one game for USC and has yet to make any significant contributions since.
The old regime may have overlooked his immediate value to the team, but Hawkins is making sure to avoid a similar outcome this spring. So far, it seems to be working.
Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox sung the cornerback's praises after Saturday's scrimmage:
Because he's performing so well, Hawkins is a legitimate threat to dethrone Kevon Seymour, who really improved and impressed during the second half of the 2013 season. Hawkins has the pedigree to be a regular starter and a desire to prove that he can live up to the reputation with which he came to USC.
Hawkins elaborated to Haylock about what his goals are for the spring:
I made it a point to send a message on the first day (of spring practice) that this is not the 17-year-old kid anymore. This isn't the young one, the little one. I'm still a pup but I wanted to make it clear...I'm here and I'm here to stay.
During next week's spring game, Hawkins will really have his time to shine. It will be in his best interest to leave a lasting impression on the coaches, as the competition during the fall is only going to intensify when USC's loaded 2014 signing class arrives on campus. After all, 5-star DB/WR Adoree' Jackson is coming, and he won't be denied.
Hawkins needs to use these remaining spring practices to show that he has star quality and to prove that the secondary needs him to be successful.
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There are only a few days before the Georgia Bulldogs hit the field for their annual spring game. And for the most part, fans know what to expect from players like Hutson Mason, Todd Gurley, Ramik Wilson and Amarlo Herrera.
They also know young players like Brice Ramsey, Faton Bauta, J.J. Green and Tim Kimbrough will have a chance to make a name for themselves before the regular season begins.
But there are a few questions heading into the spring game that need to be answered when the Bulldogs take the field for fall camp.
Here’s a look at four unanswered questions heading into G-Day.
Fans watched the Michigan football team go through its final workout at Michigan Stadium, but those expecting a game left disappointed.
Earlier in the week Brady Hoke had announced that the spring “game” would consist of a typical practice followed by a scrimmage between the offense and defense. No score was kept and, in a bid to minimize potential injuries, special teams were not part of the proceedings.
But for a fan base still smarting from last season’s 7-6 start, the chance to see Michigan back on the field was a welcome sight.
Many were eager to see the new offense installed by Doug Nussmeier but instead saw some of the same problems that plagued the team last season—interceptions and a porous offensive line.
Despite the limited format of the scrimmage, the performance of some players gave fans hope that Michigan is in the midst of rebounding from last season’s November collapse.
Although James Franklin has gotten off to a tremendous start as Penn State's new head coach, there are still some issues he needs to sort out.
For the most part, the Nittany Lions are in good shape. They return an uber-talented quarterback, are loaded with offensive weapons to accommodate him and have some experience on defense as well.
Nevertheless, there's still a fair share of question marks floating around. From offensive line depth to special teams concerns, Franklin will utilize the 2014 spring game as a way to assess some of the dilemmas that need solving.
Here are five unanswered questions heading into Penn State's spring game.
Auburn receivers coach Dameyune Craig quickly built a reputation as a top-notch talent-acquisition specialist, having helped reel in players such as quarterback Jameis Winston at Florida State.
So when Craig says a player is a once-in-a-lifetime talent, it’s worth taking note.
That’s precisely what Craig said of D’haquille Williams—rated by 247Sports as the No. 1 junior college transfer in the nation.
Williams quickly became a crown jewel in Auburn’s 2014 signing class, immediately eliciting comparisons to the impact Cordarrelle Patterson had in his one year at Tennessee.
With Williams in the fray, AL.com’s Brandon Marcello reported that Craig has expressed this year’s Auburn receiving corps could potentially be the best in the nation.
For defenses that couldn’t slow down Gus Malzahn’s attack in the first year, the idea of tremendous improvement in Year 2 should be terrifying.
Receiver Sammie Coates, who emerged as Auburn’s go-to target in 2013, returns after finishing with 902 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.
Now Coates has a running mate who could supplant him as the most dangerous threat in the offense.
It took no time for Williams to draw praise from teammates.
“D’haquille is probably going to be a great player for us this year,” safety Jermaine Whitehead said to AL.com after the second day of spring practice. “He reminds me a lot of Sammie. He can get vertical fast. He also likes to put his foot in the ground and make plays across the field.”
Williams won’t be the only reason for Auburn’s improved passing game.
Because of his breakout season in 2013, it’s easy to forget that quarterback Nick Marshall is now halfway through his first spring practice under Malzahn.
Marshall didn’t enroll at Auburn until summer 2013, meaning he didn’t practice with the program until August.
He quickly claimed the starting position.
However, Tigers coaches quickly realized the need to play to the team’s strengths.
Marshall didn’t have enough reps in Malzahn’s offense to develop fully as a passer, and the Tigers young receivers needed more time to mature.
The result was a reliance on tailback Tre Mason and the run game—including Marshall’s ability to tuck the ball and make defenses pay for focusing too much attention on Mason.
Now Marshall has time to jell with a more seasoned crew, headlined by another big-impact junior college transfer in Williams.
Marshall and Malzahn both like what they’ve seen so far.
Despite enormous expectations surrounding Williams, he is apparently focusing on the little things that make all the difference to Malzahn.
“I just have to adjust to the fast-paced offense,” Williams said to Phillip Marshall of AuburnTigers.com after his second practice. “We ran no-huddle in junior college, but it wasn’t this fast.”
Malzahn declared to AL.com that he wants to press down harder on the gas in Year 2 than he did during his initial season as head coach at Auburn, which yielded an SEC Championship.
Having a talent who lives up to the considerable hype Craig placed on Williams would put Malzahn’s offense on the same level as Oregon’s or Baylor’s.
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Charlie Strong has doled out his fair share of praise to his Texas Longhorns. Others have not been so fortunate, and they need to get things turned out this spring.
With the significant changes Strong has mandated both on and off the field, the presence of a learning curve is inevitable. As long as the vast majority of the team continues to embrace the new culture, the rest of the group will fall in line.
But if these four Longhorns want to capitalize on the opportunity at hand, they need to make that happen sooner rather than later.